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Martinez stops Batteases

Ringside report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Ray Kasprowicz

Crown Boxing showcased some of boxing’s young talent on Friday night at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, on a card filled with young upstarts and hungry talent. In the main event, Alen Martinez scored a fifth round TKO over Brian Battease in their six round featherweight bout.

Vegas’ very own Battease (6-2-2) entered the fight looking to please the crowd but would up being simply out boxed throughout the duration of their fight by the rangier Martinez.

Early on, both fighters were tentative as neither was willing to take a risk. Martinez – who improved to 6-1-1 - decided to take matters into his own hands in round two by becoming the aggressor and landing hooks and uppercuts as Battease languished along the ropes and tried to find an opening to counter.

By the fourth round, Martinez would connect with combinations that either began or ended with an uppercut. Battease again would try and seek an opening but simply couldn’t land anything substantial to force the Mexican to think twice about his approach. With swelling under his right eye, Battease tried to open up his attack in the 5th but his carelessness would soon spell his demise. With Battease flicking a lazy jab, Martinez unleashed a menacing left hook followed by a short right that collapsed Battease. Although he would rise before referee Robert Byrd could reach the ten count, Battease was clearly in no shape to continue as the fight was called off at 2:57 and giving Martinez his 4th knockout.

Santiago-Herrera slugfest

In a sloppy slugfest, Alexis Santiago and Sergio Herrera battled to a majority draw in their four round super bantamweight matchup. “Beaver” Santiago (2-0-1) was looking to earn his third win in as many fights but appeared to simply be outworked by Herrera (3-1-1). The fight could have taken place in a phone booth with both fighters remaining in close quarters for the durations of the fight. Each would trade wild hooks and body shots with Herrera appearing to land the heavier punches throughout.

In the end, judges saw the fight 39-37 (Herrera) and 38-38 (twice) resulting in a majority draw.

Medina earns first 'W'

Marcos Mendias would earn his first victory as he upended North Las Vegas resident Ricardo Calzada via unanimous decision in their four round welterweight bout. Although Mendias (1-3) refused to use his length to box Calzada from the outside, the Phoenix fighter was successful at landing cleaner shots inside while Calzada telegraphed his punches the entire fight. Mendias would knock the mouthpiece from Calzada’s mouth on three occasions prompting referee Robert Byrd to deduct a point when the event transpired in the third round. It wouldn’t matter however, as Mendias found success with the inside uppercut and a clapping right hand to cruise to a 40-35 score on all three judges scorecards.

Santomauro schools Herrera

Thomas Herrera may have entered to Michael Jackson’s “Wanna Be Starting Something” but by the time Rocco Santomauro schooled him throughout the duration of their four round fight en route to a unanimous decision victory, Herrera shouldn’t have started anything at all. The skillful Santomauro (3-0) combined good head movement with crisp combinations that gave Herrera (2-5-1) fits all night. Herrera did give it his all as he would attempt to bull his way inside and occasionally land a looping right hand. But Santomauro was simply too much on this night as he consistently chopped at Herrera’s body and head with an arsenal of punches from all angles. Judges saw it 39-37 (twice) and 40-36.

Alcolea outboxes Gallegos

Even with Yoel Judah in his corner, Michael Gallegos couldn’t box well enough to get past Juan Alcolea’s aggressive – yet reckless - attack and dropped a unanimous decision. Gallegos (0-4) lazy punches gave Alcolea (1-2) all kinds of chances to counter but Alcolea was contempt with throwing one punch at a time. Early in the first frame, Alcolea would land a looping right hand that dropped Gallegos to the mat. Gallegos would rise but the damage was already done in their four round welterweight bout. Unable to figure out how to get past the one punch approach of Alcolea, Gallegos opted to try and mug his opponent to no avail. The plodding fight ended in a wild flurry that saw Alcolea land the hardest punch of the night – a low blow. In the end, judges saw it in favor of Alcolea 38-37 and 39-36 (twice).

Gutierrez debuts

The first fight of the night saw Jesus Gutierrez win his professional debut via 3rd round TKO over Antonio Montoya. Gutierrez was clearly the better boxer early as he popped the jab and found a home for his overhand right on Montoya’s head. The second round saw a right hand nearly collapse Montoya and elicit a standing eight count from referee Russell Mora. Not looking to change game plans and clearly ahead, Gutierrez continued to follow the jab with the right hand and smashed a straight right hand into the face of Montoya as Mora had seen enough and waved the bout off at :38 in the third.